Virtual Town Hall, Voting, Oriole Grove Master Plan, and more

News from Sandy

Dear Neighbor,

There are several important events taking place in September and I wanted to make sure they were on your calendar. Most importantly, please note that September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for   ages 10 to 34 and the fourth leading cause of death for ages 35 to 54, and is too often the result of mental health conditions that affect people when they are most vulnerable. If your or someone you love needs help, please call 211 or the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

I am excited to announce that the Lake County Forest Preserves is hosting a Public Open House on Sept. 22, 5-7pm at Greenbelt Cultural Center to unveil two Master Plan options for Oriole Grove in Lake Bluff! This important 84-acre site provides a critical ecological link between the Lake Forest Open Lands property to the south and the Lake Bluff Open Lands to the north, creating 250-acres of open space along the Skokie River. Conservation biologists document that that protecting and restoring these large, interconnected islands of suitable habitat reduce local extinctions of plants and animals.

During this pandemic, Lake County has had a number of Virtual Town Halls to inform the public about COVID-19 and Lake County's response. Please consider joining us on September 30th at 7pm for a Virtual Town Hall to hear from County Clerk Robin O'Connor about the upcoming election; Board Member Paul Frank regarding the CARES Act funding; and Executive Director of the Lake County Health Department Mark Pfister about COVID 19, the flu, and what we might expect as the weather gets colder. 

The last day to participate in the Census is September 30th, so if you haven't filled out your form, there is still time! Visit and get counted! See below for more information about why it is so important to Lake County that every person is counted in this year's census.

As always, it is an honor to represent you on the Lake County Board and the Forest Preserves Board. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. 

Take care and I hope you and yours stay safe and healthy.

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